Weekend Sports Wrap

NATIONAL SCENE

GOLF: The golf itself might not have been interesting to the casual golf fan. But the post-tournament interview with champion, Webb Simpson, turned into an internet sensation. Simpson, who wins his first major in just his fifth try, was being interviewed for the trophy presentation when a spectator jumped in the area and proceeded to do a bird-call. You can see it here.

NBA:  The Miami Heat took a 2-1 series lead in game 3 of the NBA Finals yesterday with their 91-85 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. LeBron James and Chris Bosh led the way for the Heat as each had double-doubles on the night; James (29 points, 14 rebounds) Bosh (10 points, 11 rebounds). Despite spending much of the night in foul trouble,  topped all Thunder players with 25 points. Game 4 is tomorrow night at 6:00pm.

NASCAR: Junior did it. No, not Ken Griffey, Jr but Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Jr won for the first time in four years yesterday at Michigan International Speedway. Progress had been coming for Earnhardt and his team over the last year or so, particularly this season. Earnhardt already has twelve top-10 finishes for the season. But this one was especially sweet for fans of NASCAR’s most popular driver. It came on Father’s Day for the son of racing icon, the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

SOCCER: The Seattle Sounders were soundly trounced on Saturday with a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of the Montreal Impact. The Sounders, playing without suspended Osvaldo Alonso, looked listless and ineffective while the Impact, opening a newly renovated Saputo Stadium, played energetic. The Sounders return home Wednesday night to host Sporting Kansas City.

The Seattle Sounders women, playing without US Women’s National Team members (including Hope Solo), continued its Olympics’ preparation with games against Sweden and Japan. The US defeated Sweden 3-1 over the weekend. Hope Solo assisted on an Abby Wambach goal early this morning as they defeated Japan, 4-1.

LOCAL SCENE

YAKIMA BEARS: Chalk up the first East Division victory of the Northwest League season to the Yakima Bears. The Bears picked up a 7-2 victory over the Eugene Emeralds in Oregon yesterday afternoon in the third game of a five-game series. The two teams play again tonight at 7:05pm.

TRI-CITY DUST DEVILS: The Tri-City Dust Devils also picked up their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Everett AquaSox last night. Benjamin Hughes went six innings giving the Dust Devils a chance in this game. Game four of the five-game series is tonight at 7:15pm at Gesa Stadium.

WALLA WALLA SWEETS: It was a record-setting night last night for the Walla Walla Sweets. The records for most runs ever scored (23) and most hits in a game (17) paved the way for the two-game sweep over the Portland Lobos with a 23-2 victory. The Sweets have tonight off.

CWU: Central Washington University unveiled a new logo last week. It had been a decade for the previous logo. The new “cat” gives a more streamlined look. CWU President Jim Gaudino said, “It’s more modern, more powerful”. You can see the new logo here.